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Everything You Need to Know About Winter Squash

Winter squash is up there with pumpkin spice and sweater weather when it comes to the highlights of fall and winter. There are almost countless varieties of beautiful shapes and colors of these locally grown treasures, but such large and tough-skinned vegetables can also be intimidating. Let’s break down what you need to know about…  Read More

Butternut Squash Gratin

Winter Squash

Originally published in The Journal on October 31, 2017. Beautiful orange, blue and speckled green squash of all shapes and sizes are everywhere this time of year—and they’re not just for decorating! Varieties like butternut, acorn, delicata, spaghetti and kabocha are bountiful at the Mill City Farmers Market, which moves inside the Mill City Museum…  Read More

Winter Market Review

We just finished a great 2016-17 indoor market season! Read all about attendance, sales, vendors and programs in our Winter Market Review info-graphic below. More information about Opening Day 2017 can be found here. Click here to learn more about our indoor winter markets, select Saturdays November through April from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside…  Read More

Fresh Greens to Brighten Winter Blues

Where to find Minnesota-grown fresh greens in the heart of winter. Originally published in the January 24, 2017 edition of The Journal Nothing brings a smile to my face in the middle of winter like a plate full of fresh locally grown greens. At the Mill City Farmers Market’s winter market last Saturday, farmers unloaded bunches…  Read More

Inside the Mill City Winter Farmers Market

By Olivia Dropps, Tootie & Dotes January 8, 2016 We love our local co-op, we really do, but we urge you step away from your local store just one Saturday a month and get over to the Mill City Farmers Market to eat local while the weather outside is telling you otherwise. We saw you there…  Read More

Locally Grown Christmas Trees

Find some holiday cheer at our November and December markets with Christmas trees and spruce tops from Nistler Farms. Starting November 16th, Jeff Nistler will be bringing wild balsam fir trees, spruce tops, birch logs and dogwood branches for all your winter decorating needs. Why buy local? According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, buying…  Read More

Rise of new artisan bakery Lowertown Bakehouse

With this year’s departures of Salty Tart and Heritage Breads bakeries from the Mill City Farmers Market, bread lovers are happy to see a new bakery, Lowertown Bakehouse, filling the void. Chris Sarles opened Lowertown Bakery in the spring, baking bagels and sourdough breads with a cottage food license in his apartment. Now, working in…  Read More

The big cheese of micro-creameries

Most of us live within a few miles of several microbreweries and can list dozens of our favorite craft beers. But can you name your favorite micro-creamery? Located in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, Cosmic Wheel Creamery is keeping the tradition of farmstead small-batch cheese making alive — a craft that shares not only the science of fermentation with…  Read More

From bumper crop to new business

Kiss My Cabbage, one of Mill City Farmers Market’s long-time vendors, began in 2012 when Adrienne Logsdon was working at Burning River Farm. That season the farm produced an unexpected bumper crop of cabbage. Not one to let a good thing go to waste, she decided to make wild-fermented sauerkraut out of the surplus. The…  Read More

Vendor Spotlight: Sunshine Harvest Farm

Learn about Mill City Farmers Market’s long-time meat vendor Sunshine Harvest Farm is a 4th-generation family farm in Webster, Minnesota–about 40 miles south of Minneapolis. Owner Mike Braucher, his son Brandon, his brother Patrick and neighbor Sharron bring a variety of cuts of beef, bison, lamb, pork, chicken and eggs to our market year-round. The…  Read More